Subject: This may be too much for some simple
While visiting England,
George Bush is invited to tea with the
He asks her what her leadership philosophy is. She says that it is
to surround herself with intelligent people. He asks how she knows if
"I do so by asking them the right question," says the Queen.
"Allow me to demonstrate." She phones Tony Blair and says,
"Mr. Prime Minister. Please answer this question:
'Your mother has a child, and your father has a child, and this child is not
your brother or sister. Who is it?'"
Tony Blair responds, "It's me, ma'am."
”Correct. Thank you and good-bye, sir," says the Queen. She hangs up and
says, "Did you get that, Mr. Bush?"
"Yes ma'am. Thanks a lot. I'll definitely be using that technique in the
Upon returning to Washington,
he decides he'd better put the Chairman of the Senate Foreign Relations
Committee to the test.
He summons Jesse Helms. "I wonder if you can answer a question for me."
"Why, of course, sir. What's on your mind?" says Jesse.
"Uhh, your mother has a child, and your father has a child, and this child
is not your brother or sister. Who is it?"
Helms hems and haws and finally asks, "Can I think about it and get back
to you Sir?"
Bush agrees, and Helms leaves. Helms immediately call a meeting of other
senior Republican senators, and they puzzle over the question for several
hours, but nobody can come up with an answer.
Finally, in desperation, Helms calls Colin Powell at the State Department
and explains his problem.
"Now look here, son, your mother has a child, and your father has a child,
and this is not your brother or your sister. Who is it?"
Powell answers immediately, "It's me of course, you idiot."
Much relieved, Helms rushes back to the White House and exclaims, "I know
the answer, sir! I know who it is! It's Colin Powell!"
And Bush replies in disgust, "You're wrong, you idiot. It's Tony